Official: no one escaped Russian prisons in 2022 for the first time in history

In 2022, for the first time in modern history, not a single person escaped from prison and pre-trial detention facilities in Russia, Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Arkady Gostev reported at the department’s board meeting on the results of the previous year.

“For the first time in the modern history of the penal and correctional system, thanks to the well-coordinated actions of the personnel, no convicts and persons in custody managed to escape,” he claimed.

The number of crimes committed in pre-trial and correctional facilities decreased by almost 28%, the agency also reported.

At the same time, according to RBC, at the end of August 2022 two convicts escaped from a Perm region prison and were detained. They will be convicted again and given another term. They now face up to eight years in prison.

In 2019, the Federal Penitentiary Service reported that the number of escapes by inmates from pre-trial detention facilities and prisons had decreased 140-fold in 25 years.

According to the escape statistics cited by RIA Novosti, nine detainees escaped from detention centres in Russia’s Tuva in 2019, six convicts escaped from the colony in Makhachkala in 2020, and five defendants escaped from custody in the Moscow Region in 2021.

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